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Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) Moves 7.1% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

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Schnitzer Steel shares rallied 7.1% in the last trading session to close at $46.08. This move can be attributable to notable volume with a higher number of shares being traded than in a typical session. This compares to the stock's 25.5% gain over the past four weeks.

Optimism over strengthening ferrous and nonferrous markets is driving the stock higher. The company is benefiting from strong demand for finished steel products and recycled metals and the transition to its new One Schnitzer operating model that increases its efficiency and improves productivity.


Price and Consensus

Price Consensus Chart for Schnitzer Steel

This recycler of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.99 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +219.4%. Revenues are expected to be $597.1 million, up 35.9% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Schnitzer Steel, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has remained unchanged over the last 30 days. And a stock's price usually doesn't keep moving higher in the absence of any trend in earnings estimate revisions. So, make sure to keep an eye on SCHN going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank 1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

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